Student Job: Utility Worker


Department: Facilities


  • Current U of MN - Twin Cities degree-seeking student. See student employment eligibility
  • Basic mechanical aptitude for minor repairs, adjustments, and using hand tools.
  • Must work from oral and written instructions given by supervisors

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience performing repairs and basic maintenance
  • Computer skills, specifically working with MS Excel

Title: Utility Worker

Job Code: 2223 Student Food/Labor/Security

Level: Entry

Essential Functions:

Student Utility Workers report to the Maintenance and Operations Manager. Utility Workers repair a wide variety of equipment within Student Unions and Activities. Students working in the Maintenance area will assist staff in carrying out preventative maintenance and repairs in the facility. Some of the duties performed are assemble/repair office furniture, change filters in ventilation units, mount pictures/bulletin boards and change light bulbs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • 85% Technical Operations: Assist supervisor with preventative maintenance/repairs in facilities
  • 15% Other duties as assigned by supervisor including assembly of modular office furniture

Opportunities for Skill Development on the Job:

Students participate in experiences outside the classroom which allow them to develop and demonstrate life skills. These skills and characteristics for success and citizenship are learned and refined during their college years and beyond. The Office for Student Affairs has developed seven Student Development Outcomes that the Student Unions & Activities has incorporated into the student employment system in the Unions. Here is a listing of the Student Development Outcomes with some examples of how you can learn or further develop your own skills set.


  • Acknowledges when mistakes/missed deadlines occur and knows when supervisor should be alerted
  • Shows professionalism regarding the use of custodial keys and radios
  • Always meets basic expectations (e.g. wear t-shirt/uniform and name tag, stay busy, etc.)


  • Seeks instruction from supervisor and asks when unclear of tasks, procedures or how to correct errors
  • Develops knowledge of SUA services and operation
  • Works well as a team member to accomplish large tasks

Goal Orientation

  • Handles duties required on shift and seeks direction from supervisor as needed
  • Seeks to improve him/herself at work as well as his/her working environment


  • Demonstrates good verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Displays friendly and helpful attitude with customers and peers


  • Accepts instruction/constructive criticism from supervisor
  • Able to work through difficulties when they arise

Appreciation of Differences

  • Understands and respects the values and beliefs of others
  • Treats all customers, peers and supervisor(s) respectfully
  • Helps others to complete work when own area is finished

Tolerance of Ambiguity

  • Employs basic problem solving skills and looks to supervisor to find unknown information
  • Develop knowledge of primary areas of responsibility and is able to take on more complex projects

*The employer reserves the right to change or add duties to this position as long as the changes and/or additions are consistent with the job classification.